Japanese comedian Shinji Maki, famous for telling satirical stories while strumming a ukulele, committed suicide on Monday by jumping into the Tama River in Tokyo. He was 78.
According to police, witnesses saw Maki jump into the river at about 12:15 a.m., NTV reported. Police divers retrieved his body and took him to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Maki was popular in the 1970s and 1980s but suffered a stroke in 2002. He returned to his craft in 2009 after rehabilitation.© Japan Today